Big Saturday this week

We often joke about how much goes on in our little town of Washington. This Saturday is one of the days when we don’t want to do much else but attend public events. Everyone is invited to take part in all or any of these congenial community activities that are fun and friendly and serve great purposes.

Evening Star Grange breakfast

Saturday morning the Grange will present a breakfast buffet from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the hall on Old Union Road. It seems every group in town has a bunch of great cooks and these Grangers dish up a fabulous and filling traditional breakfast. The cost is a mere $6 for adults all you can eat and $3 for children under 12.

Giant yard sale

Gibbs Library’s major fundraiser, the Giant Garage and Plant Sale, opens at 9 a.m. at the fire station. There are thousands of items to peruse. Whether you’re looking for something in particular or just want to see what’s there, it’s a great time to browse, find that little special something, and most likely chat with friends or neighbors. The plant selection is of special interest to us. In our yard we have many souvenirs of past sales that have thrived on our benign neglect. We think it’s because they come from such good stock — not just from the plants themselves but also from the generous plant donors who grew them for the sale with such TLC.

Meanwhile, the farmers market

The farmers market will be in the middle of all the activities. Fresh veggies, eggs, bread, meats, cheeses, flowers and so much more are among the many beautiful and delicious choices from our local producers. The market is open every Saturday morning until late fall.

Back across the street

The Fire Department Auxiliary will run a refreshments, snack and lunch area at the fire station during the Giant Garage and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. This is where you get those yummy items that quench the thirst and keep up strength for browsing. Now, about the time the giant sale is over and the companion activities conclude is when I go home for a little nap, let all my munchies digest, and get ready for the evening meal.

Cap it off with steak supper

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge will hold a public Scholarship Steak Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 48 Liberty Road. The menu includes steak, baked potato, vegetable, salad, dessert, warm rolls and drink all for $12. Don Grinnell will serve up the tender and mouth-watering steaks from Luce’s Village Market like a true grill master — done just right to your order. By the way, a chicken meal is available if you prefer. Benefits go to the Lodge Scholarship Fund for Washington’s graduating seniors.

Downtown Gallery opening May 28

The Downtown Gallery will begin its 14th season with Aartvark Revisited with a group show featuring gallery partners Mary Boothby, Carolyn Brown, Megan Cafferata, Priscilla Cross, Joan Freiman, Suzanne Phillips, Phyllis Janto, Carol Sloane, Ieva Tatarski and Cynthia White. The opening reception is Friday, May 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will run from May 28 through Sunday, June 27. The “Aartvark” image of the Gallery’s mascot, a busy arrdvark artist, is an original design by the late Gallery partner Paula Green to whom this season’s exhibits are dedicated. Regular gallery hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Downtown Gallery is located in our village center at 2 Old Union Road.